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Re: DIY fender flares?
Neat idea, inexpensive too. The only thing I would worry about would be snagging the flare on the brush or a rock and damaging the fender as well as the flare. I've seen a couple of jeeps with metal flares, but they were fast cut and try jobs that honestly didn't look good. But the owners didn't care. They were just crossing beach and muskeg (used hugely wide ditch witch tires) and didn't have to worry about trees and rocks. Hmm....Leve posted a link recently about some Pakistani Jeepers, and he mentioned they make their own factory looking metal flares--I don't recall if there was an article or not, but you might have a look.
This is sorta OT to the post grapehead, but back when I had my '78 F150, the bed was shot and I built a flatbed for it--not the usual 2x4, plywood and hatchet job, but a good one with 6" Ship's Channel for the main structure, and 2x2 and 2x3 square tubing for the sides, diamond plate for the rear and the material on the sides and a "headace Rack" of 2" x 4" square tubing. Anyhow, to mount my spare I took one of those metal trailer fenders (from Trailercraft in Anchorage Alaska) and turned it upside down and mounted it on the passenger side, near the cab, through the floor of the bed (the floor of the bed was 2x4 with Varathane--looked sharp). I had a flange coming off the siderails. All you had to do was take the spare, roll it into the fender, and tighten it down. Worked slick. Sorry I don't have a picture to brag about!